Quite busy on the streets of Londonderry today cleaning up from Sandy, several roads are still blocked and 65% of Londonderry is without power.
School is on for Wednesday
Superintendent Nate Greenberg indicated in a phone call that North School is still without power. PSNH is working tonight to provide service to the school. If they fail the school maintenance staff has the school on a standby generator. It will power all the critical needs of the school and many lights.
The school will serve a bag lunch should they not have power from the utility company.
Bus service will be a challenge but to miss more school at this time of year pushes out the last day of school in June should we need snow days this winter.
The shelter will be open Wednesday October 31st at 4pm to 9pm. The intent is to offer a place to shower and clean up. Be sure to bring your own towels and toiletries. Those who use the facility to keep in mind that male & female athletes will be using the facility at the same time. As a consequence proper decorum should be used at all times The town will re-evaluate daily as the situation changes.
If you have shelter needs please contact Police Dispatch at 432-1118 or Fire Dispatch at 432-1124. The Shelter in Nashua is open with a capacity of 726 with 11 guests at this time.
The town reminds you to stay away from power lines that are down, do not leave candles unattended, keep your generator 10 feet from the house and 10 feet from the gas can. Do not use gas grills indoors or in the garage. Water is available at the fire stations, bring your own containers.
Town Update at 6pm
The Town of Londonderry is re-scheduling Halloween from tomorrow afternoon October 31, 2012 from five PM until eight PM. It will be held on Sunday November 4, 2012, from four PM until seven PM.
“The Town takes this action because most residents in Londonderry continue to be without power, a situation expected to continue through tomorrow for many. Additionally, repair crews, many from out of state and Quebec will be working to restore power throughout Town. Neither the families seeking to enjoy the fun of Halloween, nor those working hard to restore power for us should be inhibited in their efforts.”
Additional information at 7pm
Showers at the High School Gym from 6am to 8am as well as 4-9pm Starting Wednesday
Roads Still Blocked
- Rockingham – Old Mammoth North to South
- Manter Mill at Old Derry
- Auburn Rd at Wilson to Old Derry
- King Phillip at King Arthur
- King Edward at King John
- Darrow at the rotary
- Hovey just South of 66 Pole and transformer in the Road
- Charleston at Albany
- Pine at Loop
- Kimball at Coventry
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PSNH 5pm Update
Efforts are progressing to restore power to 93,000 PSNH customers who are still without power following Hurricane Sandy. PSNH crews have restored power to more than 109,000 customers since Sandy’s onset. At peak, the storm affected 137,000 PSNH customers.
PSNH line, contractor, and tree trimming crews on Tuesday made steady progress throughout the state and will be bolstered by 75 line crews from Hydro-Québec. The Canadian team is expected to join PSNH and contractor crews, accelerating what has been projected to be a multi-day restoration effort.
The initial emphasis of the restoration has included focusing on ensuring roads are clear of downed lines, trees, and limbs, and restoring power to key public infrastructure like schools, shelters, and water treatment facilities. As of this morning, the NH Department of Transportation reported more than 230 roads across the state were either closed or blocked by downed limbs, trees, and power and communication lines.
At daybreak, crews began conducting detailed damage assessments of affected areas, providing essential information on downed lines and other trouble areas so that PSNH’s area work centers throughout the state can quickly and effectively prioritize their mobilization. Among the hardest hit areas are portions of the seacoast, the southern I-93 corridor, and several communities in the Monadnock Region.
Hurricane Sandy’s impact has resulted in the fourth highest number of customers without power in PSNH’s 86-year history, with the five largest storms all having occurred in the past four and half years. Overall, Sandy has affected more than 8 million people from Maryland to Maine.
While the restoration effort is underway, PSNH is urging customers to use extra caution around downed wires and tree limbs, and when using a generator.
Outage at 7:30pm Tuesday
Londonderry has 6,545 or 62% without power
Windham 99% no power4,484
Hudson 25% 2,760
Derry 49% 6,902
Auburn 57% 1,278
Manchester 4% 2,525
A chat with PSNH management
Just 24 hours after the event began Gary Long COO and Terry Large Deputy Incident Commander for PSNH held a conference call with regional media outlets. You can press the play button at the bottom of this story or download it to your portable device.
Fast Facts from the conversation
- At the peak 137K customers were out at the same time during the storm
- 190K customers have experienced an outage from this storm
- This is the forth largest storm ever, all happened in the last 4 years
- A little larger than Irene last year
- Restoration will be similar to that storm where it took four days.
- Planning started three days before the storm, crews traveled from as far as Texas
- Some will be taken care of in a day or two others may be longer
- Assessment is ongoing so exact restoration is not available town by town
- Hydro Quebec just committed to 75 crews this will speed things up a few days
- Derry Londonderry and Windham were the worst hit the most resources are applied there.
- 89 PSNH 2 person crews 15-20 contract crews and 80 crews from Texas and Oklahoma are on the job today
- Additionally 100 2 person Tree trimming Crews and 114 service crews that focus on pole to house
- A more detailed plan should be available Wednesday
- 100K outages have been restored in the first 24 hours
- Damage assessment is done by PSNH staff
- Costs are over 10 million, it could go over 20 million, Costs were higher as support crews had to come from further away
- Funding will be amortized over 2-5 years, and once approved by the utilities commission costs for this event would be in the rate